Ireland

We have been here almost one month and though we have enjoyed the two countries of this island and have enjoyed the people, we are getting tired of the consistent rain. After leaving Waterford, we sailed to the huge marina in Dun Laoghaire, a town about twenty miles from Dublin. The marina was close to the DART train but it took at least 10 minutes to walk from the visitor docks (where Cloud 9 was berthed) to get out of the marina! After touring Dublin and a bus trip to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway our friends Andy and Gail arrived in Dun Laoghaire right after their bike and barge trip in Germany. We rented a car with them to tour the southern part of the country and after that trip, we sailed the boat up the east coast to Bangor, near Belfast. Just as in Dun Laoghaire, the marina was a 25 minute train ride to the city center. The top destination in Belfast is the new Titanic museum that had opened earlier in the year. Architecturally, the building was quite stunning while the exhibits were so well done it took us almost three hours to tour the museum. Unfortunately, they closed the Titanic “ride” the day we were there. It turns out Queen Elizabeth II would be there the next day so whether because of security issues or they needed to put on a quick coat of paint, we were not able to view the ride.

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